In the last three preseason games, Los Angeles Lakers rookie point guard Lonzo Ball has been sidelined with a mild sprained left ankle.
The 19-year-old made some notable progress on Thursday morning by participating in everything but scrimmaging in practice for the first since suffering the injury just over a week ago. He stated following practice that he still felt a bit of discomfort from his ankle and is unsure if he will able to play in Friday’s preseason finale against the Los Angeles Clippers.
Lonzo Ball: “I felt good. Still a little bit of discomfort. Just trying to progress every day.” Says he’s not sure about playing tomorrow.
— Mike Trudell (@LakersReporter) October 12, 2017
Head coach Luke Walton also voiced a similar sentiment on Thursday by voicing that he doesn’t envision Ball taking the court for the last tune-up before the start of the regular season.
Will Lonzo play in preseason finale Friday vs. Clippers?
Said Luke Walton: "I'm hoping, yes. Am I planning on him playing? No."
— Mike Bresnahan (@Mike_Bresnahan) October 11, 2017
Ball played in the first two preseason games where he’s averaging 6.5 points on 33.3 percent shooting from the field with 6.0 assists, 4.5 rebounds, and 1.5 steals in 28.5 minutes. He had suffered the injury in the first half of the 113-107 loss against the Denver Nuggets after coming down a little awkwardly following a block attempt.
The Lakers may likely take the precautionary route with the injury in order to avoid any possible setbacks from arising prior to the season opener against the Clippers on Thursday, Oct. 19.